Pak-China Friendship Tree Plantation starts in Kohat Division


Kohat (Pakistan) – September 04, 2020 (GNP): The Pakistan Development Foundation (PDF) and Pakistan China Friendship Association (PCFA) have started planting trees under the banner of Pak-China Friendship Tree Plantation Campaign in Kohat Division. A humble ceremony was held at Commissioner’s Office which was attended by Commissioner Kohat Division, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah as Chief Guest. Other than him, the Chairman of the PDF, Muhammad Bilal Sethi, General Secretary PCFA, Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani, President PCFA, Tasleem Hussain Advocate. Deputy Commissioner Kohat, Captain (Retd) Abdul Rahman and other notables from different fields were present on this occasion. The Commissioner planted a sapling in the premises of Commissioner’s Office in Kohat.

Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz in his special message to the event said that Pakistan is among the 10 countries which are most vulnerable to the affects of climate change and global warming. The PTI Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is making all possible efforts to tackle this daunting challenge. Protection and rehabilitation of the environment is among the top most priorities of the incumbent government and a number of remarkable initiatives like 10 billion trees Tsunami and Clean and Green Pakistan are being implemented, wholeheartedly. We have also appealed to all and sundry to participate in these programs in order to secure the future of our coming generations. I would like to express my profound gratitude to H.E. Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of China for launching this drive at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad few days back. The Federal Minister Senator Shibli Faraz also appreciated the efforts of Pakistan-China Friendship Association Khyber Chapter and Pakistan Development Foundation in this regard and expressed hope that through this initiative both the partner organizations will further strengthen the Sino-Pakistan Relations in the time to come. The Federal Minister mentioned in his message that, China as all-weather friend not only supported but also participated in our initiatives which speaks volumes of deep rooted and time tested friendship between the two countries.

While addressing the audience, the Commissioner Kohat Division, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah appreciated the efforts of PCFA & PDF. He expressed his hopes that this initiative will further enhance Pakistan China Relations and announced his support for the two partner organizations. He also said that the CPEC will bring positive developments in socio economic developments across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Speaking on this occasion, Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani Secretary General PCFA Khyber Chapter mentioned that for further strengthening the Pak-China Relations in all fields of life PCFA Khyber & PDF have joined hands for this Pak-China Friendship Tree Plantation 2020 initiative which was launched by Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing on 24th August 2020 at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad and appreciated this initiative and efforts made by both the PCFA & PDF to further strengthen these exemplary relationships. Similarly, the Chairman of the PDF, Muhammad Bilal Sethi added that this plantation move that initially started in Divisional Headquarters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would eventually be spread to all District Headquarters of the province. He said that this initiative will proof helpful in decreasing environmental pollution and creating awareness among the masses on importance of trees. Towards the end, souvenir was presented to the Chief Guest by the Chairman of the PDF, Muhammad Bilal Sethi and Secretary-general PCFA, Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani.